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New Jersey state Senate President RICHARD CODEY tops the Newark STAR-LEDGER's inaugural list of the New Jersey area's Top 25 most powerful sports brokers because he has "influence on every level in sports," according to the paper's Steve Politi. Codey, who has held a public office in the state since '74, has "provided the funds to start a controversial statewide steroids testing program for high school athletes." Codey also is a "diehard Seton Hall basketball booster," and he was "instrumental in getting a deal done" for the new Giants/Jets Meadowlands stadium. Meanwhile, the paper's top 10 includes four team owners and the "top two politicians in the state" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/23).NEW JERSEY AREA'S TOP 25 MOST POWERFUL SPORTS BROKERSRANKNAME1New Jersey state Senate President Richard Codey2Giants President & CEO John Mara3Devils Owner Jeff Vanderbeek4Rutgers Univ. football coach Greg Schiano5New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine6
Nets Owner Bruce Ratner7 Jets Owner Woody Johnson8 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. Exec Dir Steve Timko9 Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti10 Devils CEO, President & GM Lou Lamoriello11 Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer12 St. Anthony High School boy's basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr.13 Giants GM Jerry Reese14 New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority President & CEO Dennis Robinson15 Newark Mayor Cory Booker16 Giants coach Tom Coughlin17 Don Bosco High School football coach Greg Toal18 Nets President Rod Thorn19 Giants QB Eli Manning20 Seton Hall Prep Headmaster Msgr. Michael Kelly21 Red Bulls Managing Dir Erik Stover22 Shore Regional High School field hockey coach Nancy Williams23 Devils G Martin Brodeur24 Wayne Hills High School football coach Chris Olsen25 USGA Exec Dir David Fay
The Univ. of Akron this afternoon will introduce Univ. of Minnesota Senior Associate AD for External Relations TOM WISTRCILL as AD, replacing MACK RHOADES, who left for the same position at the Univ. of Houston. Wistrcill previously served as Badger Sports Properties GM at the Univ. of Wisconsin (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 8/25)....Kent State Univ. (KSU) AD LAING KENNEDY will retire from the position after 16 years, effective June 30, 2010. KSU President LESTER LEFTON said that there will be a national search for Kennedy's replacement. Kennedy served on the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Selection Committee for five years, and previously served as Cornell Univ. AD for 11 years (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/25).
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In N.Y., Hank Gola notes rumors were "flying that TIGER WOODS would join PRESIDENT OBAMA for a round of golf on Martha's Vineyard where the first family is vacationing this week," but Woods "shot those down" yesterday. Woods: "Evidently people know more about my life than I do. I haven't even been informed yet" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 8/24).
BOOK SHELF: ANDRE AGASSI's autobiography will be published November 9 by Alfred A. Knopf. People magazine and SI have purchased first serial rights to the book (Random House)....New Chapter Press (NCP) will publish Int'l Tennis HOFer Rod Laver's memoir, "THE EDUCATION OF A TENNIS PLAYER," in recognition of the 40th anniversary of his winning all four Grand Slams in '69. The book is written with tennis broadcaster BUD COLLINS (NCP).
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Dick Ebersol Attends Unveiling Of
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